PLAQUEMINES PARISH, La. -- Authorities are searching for a man from Ukraine who is missing from a ship that was traveling on the Mississippi River, according to the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff's Office. Foul play is suspected in his disappearance.
Friday around 9:45 p.m., the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff's Office was notified about the disappearance of Igor Yavorsky, 27, of Odessa, Russia, and chief officer for the motor vessel Ocean Lion, a bulk carrier anchored in the Mississippi River near Braithwaite, said the sheriff's office.
Yavorsky was last seen around 5:30 p.m., when the captain of the ship ordered Yavorsky to conduct a deck sweep of the vessel. He was allegedly investigating intoxicated crewmates, said the sheriff's office.
"A red blood-like substance was subsequently found on the ship’s main upper deck by contract workers. Upon being notified of this discovery, the Captain ordered a count of all personnel aboard the ship, at which time it was learned that Yavorsky was missing," said Eric Becnel, a spokesman for the sheriff's office.
Deputies from the sheriff's office searched the ship, but were unable to find Yavorsky. During the search, investigators located possible blood evidence on crew members’ clothing, as well as in (some) living quarters, Becnel said.
Plaquemines detectives and FBI agents are presently conducting interviews with crew members. Crews are using a boat and a helicopter in an effort to find Yavorsky.
Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 504-564-2525.